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First off, I would like to thank Tony for the inspiration for this project (http://lumberjocks.com/projects/2176). Tony, I unashamedly copied you :)
I wanted to make a step stool that my wife could use to get to our upper kitchen cabinet shelves, and I felt this design fit the bill. I also wanted to do this without using any mechanical fasteners, so it is all mortise and tenon joints, except for the steps that I used biscuits on. The frame is poplar, and the seat and steps are maple. The challenge for me was cutting the mortises and tenons on the 7 degree slant for the two back legs. I cut a 7 degree wedge that I used on my tenoning jig to get the angle right for the top seat tenon, and then used the same wedge under the leg while I mortised for the side braces. Worked pretty well. (Any tips on how to do this differently would be appreciated)
I fashioned a paint "tent" out of a simple frame and plastic that set on my router table. I hooked up my dust collector to a large collection attachment that I taped some furnace filter material on to capture the paint. This seemed to work very well, and allowed me to spray both the latex on the frame, and the water based poly on the seat and steps. I purchased a low volume, low pressure sprayer from HF specifically for this project, and have to say it worked very well. It is made for handling latex paint, and operates at 30 psi, which kept the over spray to a minimum. I used my HPLV sprayer for the poly.
Comments and suggestions always appreciated. Thanks for looking.

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Good Looking.
Sturdy & goes great with its' surroundings.
Nice Job !
 

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I just saw something like this in the last issue of "This Old House" magazine and thought, that looks like a really nice step stool. You did a nice job on this, I will be adding this to my favorites and my list of things to make.
 

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Nice build, matches the kitchen well.
Thanks for posting
 

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Nice looking step stool, Rich!

Compact and yet very sturdy looking. Really like your spray booth setup.

Lew
 

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Nice job Rich!

Lee
 

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Hey… a person could go to Bed Bath & Beyond and maybe find something like this. But instead, you have put together a beautiful piece for yourself. This may be the most rewarding part of our hobby when your wife can say to your friends "my husband made this FOR ME." They will say, it's fantastic and they will mean it and wish they had one. I wish I had it. Great job.
 

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Nice, I like the concept.
 

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I've been wanting to make a stool for some time now. This looks great! Thanks for copying Tony, so I can copy you!
 
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